Steamed lemonade is a delightful and soothing beverage, especially during colder months.
For those who wish to make it from scratch, below is a simple recipe you can follow. Make it in large batches and have on hand to supplement your tea for a soothing beverage to relieve cold symptoms!
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup honey or sweetener of your choice (adjust to taste)
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced (for garnish)
- Optional: Fresh ginger slices or a cinnamon stick for added flavor
Juice the Lemons: Squeeze enough lemons to get 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. Make sure to remove any seeds.
Combine Ingredients: In a saucepan, combine the water, fresh lemon juice, and honey. If you're using fresh ginger or a cinnamon stick for added flavor, add them to the mixture.
Heat the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture to dissolve the honey. Heat until it's warm but not boiling. The goal is to infuse the water with the lemon flavor without losing the freshness.
Steaming: Once the mixture is warm, you can let it steam for a few minutes. Cover the saucepan with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Allow the steam to develop for about 5-10 minutes. This process helps intensify the flavors.
Strain (Optional): If you've added fresh ginger or cinnamon and want a smoother lemonade, you can strain the mixture to remove the ginger or cinnamon particles.
Serve: Pour the steamed lemonade into mugs or cups. Garnish with thin slices of lemon for an extra touch.
Sip and enjoy this comforting steamed lemonade and savor the soothing combination of warmth and citrus.
Feel free to adjust the sweetness and flavor intensity according to your taste preferences. This steamed lemonade is not only delicious but also a great way to enjoy the benefits of lemon and honey, which are known for their soothing and immune-boosting properties.